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Joe Pye Weed ‘Little Joe’ | Plant Profile

Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) are tall perennials that are native to damp soils in the midwest. The foliage is clump forming with large, medium green leaves and an erect flower stem topped with pink and purple flower clusters.

Joe Pye Weed prefers fertile, medium moisture soils in full sun to part shade. Joe Pye Weed has some tolerance to wet soils with poor drainage but little drought tolerance. The encourage new growth and flowering, cut the plants to the ground in late winter.

Often seen as little more than a weed, Joe Pye Weed is rarely valued for it’s ornamental features. However, when grouped together along ponds or streams the tall flowers can be quite attractive. They can create borders to woodlands or bring height to to pollinator gardens.


Joe Pye Weed 'Little Joe' Characteristics

Joe Pye Weed are tall woodland plants of the American midwest. Long green leaves spiral away from the base. A tall flower stem rises high above the foliage. The tiny pink or purple flowers grow in massive cloud-like clusters. The fragrant, vanilla scented flowers bloom in summer and fall. Joe Pye Weed are very attractive to butterflies and other beneficial pollinating insects. Spent flowers turn to clusters of attractive seed heads that persist well into winter. The seed heads can be cut and displayed in dry or fresh flower arrangements.

There are few serious disease or insect issues that threaten Joe Pye Weed. Leaf scorch may occur in dry soils. Powdery mildew and rust may appear.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 9
3.00 - 4.00'
2.00 - 3.00'
Bloom Time
July - September
Full Sun to Part Shade
Deer Resistant?